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  • Valles Caldera to open Saturday

    Summer recreation returns to the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) at 8:00 am tomorrow more than a month after the Las Conchas Fire suspended all activities on the Preserve. The Santa Fe National Forest will ease fire restrictions for the Preserve and the surrounding Jemez Mountains, which were under Stage III restrictions since June 24th. Effective tomorrow the new Stage I restrictions will limit some activities such as campfires and smoking because rainfall has yet to compensate for the effects of the drought. All areas burned in the La Conchas Fire will remain closed.

  • Motorcyclist still critical after crash on NM 502
  • Six schools fail to make AYP

    For the third straight year, Los Alamos Public Schools have come up short in the effort to make adequate yearly progress. Of the seven schools in the district, only one — Chamisa Elementary — met the standards set forth by the federal school rating system.

    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said that even though the majority of schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards, the schools are the best in the state when it comes to reading and math.

    “Each year the target gets higher,” Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean said. She said each subgroup in a school (which includes male, female, Hispanic and Caucasian students as well as others) has to meet AYP standards, otherwise the entire school will fail.

  • High tech interns learn sustainability

    On Thursday morning, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) student interns gathered at the San Ildefonso Visitor Center, where they met Tribal Council member and Farm Mentor Timothy Martinez.

    The visit to San Ildefonso is one of several field trips for the LANL Student Sustainability Challenge, which is exploring issues like food security with this year’s  theme of “Sustainability is National Security.”

  • Runway rehab winding down

    Those heroic helicopter pilots have flown their magnificent machines with the dangling buckets across Los Alamos skies for what is hoped to be the last time.

    Now that the Las Conchas Fire is 95 percent contained, the two enormous orange C-130 slurry bombers and several smaller firefighting helicopters based at the Los Alamos County Airport are off to fight the next blaze.

    “Helicopters have a specific role in wildland fire fighting,” said Fire Chief Doug Tucker. “Their ability to shuttle water and their pinpoint precision was invaluable to our crews on the ski hill and other areas during the recent fire.”

  • 'Extreme Makeover' comes to NM

    Do you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home?  If so, the producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition want to hear from you.
    Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to New Mexico!
    “We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Supervising Casting Producer Adam Drucker.  
    The show is looking for deserving families in the Santa Fe and Los Alamos area.

  • Dems, GOP still at loggerheads as clock ticks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House members came to the Capitol on Saturday to even the score with the Senate, preparing to reject Democratic legislation to avert an unprecedented U.S. financial default after senators turned down the House's plan. Three days before the debt-limit deadline, lawmakers and President Barack Obama remained at loggerheads on the debt crisis.

    The House convened for its unusual Saturday session at 1 p.m. EDT.

  • NM jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE — A state agency reports that New Mexico's unemployment rate has dropped slightly, reaching 6.8 percent in June.

    The Department of Workforce Solutions said Thursday there was a one-tenth of a percentage point decline in the jobless rate since May.

    The unemployment rate exceeded 8 percent a year ago and it peaked at 8.7 percent in January and February before starting to drop.

    The agency said June was the first time in 32 months that New Mexico experienced job growth compared to the previous year. Jobs were up three-tenths of a percentage point comparing last month with June 2010. That represents an increase of 2,400 jobs.

  • Santa Fe National Forest to ease fire restrictions

    The Santa Fe National Forest is lifting fire restrictions for portions of the forest effective Saturday. “The recent arrival of monsoonal rains and other changes in weather patterns have brought a welcome relief from extreme conditions,” said Forest Supervisor,  Maria T. Garcia.

  • Update 07-28-11

    Movie night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at 7 p.m. today in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Authors speak

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro at 7 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Bulk item pickup

    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    Nuclear talk